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DA comments on ANC’s “scathing attack” on Mboweni

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The DA has highlighted how the ruling party allegedly launched an attack on Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni for his decision to freeze public service wages amid the country’s trying times.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took to Twitter on Thursday, 26 November 2020, to circulate a statement partially defending Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, after the ruling party supposedly launched an attack on him. This is after members of the African National Congress (ANC) spoke against Mboweni’s proposed public service wage freeze for the coming year during his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) speech.

According to the DA, “During a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, ANC members insisted that Mboweni was wrong to freeze public service wages during the current financial year. The ANC insisted on the formal inclusion of the following sentence in the Budgetary Review and Recommendation Report: ‘Government is urged to keep the three-year agreement on salaries which was effective from the 2018/19 financial year up to the 2020/2021 financial year.’”

The leading opposition party suggested that the ANC is currently buckling under the pressure from unions and other bodies who are opposed to the public service wage freeze, despite the country’s financial woes. The DA then noted the steps that it will pursue to attempt to remedy the situation.

“The DA will continue to use every avenue at our disposal to fight for spending reductions that bring the wage bill under control, by ensuring that cuts and layoffs are directed only at millionaire managers and administrators, while protecting frontline staff who actually deliver services,” the statement read.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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